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2011Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, dies of pancreatic cancer in Palo Alto, California, at age 56. Both Apple and Microsoft flew their flags at half-staff throughout their respective headquarters and campuses. As the CEO of Apple, Jobs oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and on the services side, the company's Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store, and the App Store. The success of these products and services provided several years of stable financial returns, and propelled Apple to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history, as Jobs brought Apple back from near bankruptcy. Although he earned only $1 a year as CEO of Apple, he held 5.426 million Apple shares worth $2.1 billion.
456The Visigoths, under King Theodoric II (acting on orders of Roman Emperor Avitus), invade Iberia with an army of Burgundians, Franks, and Goths, led by King Chilperic I and King Gondioc. They defeat the Suebi, under King Rechiar, on the river Urbicus, near Astorga (Gallaecia).
578Byzantine Emperor, Justin II, dies in a state of insanity, at age 58.
610The coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius is held.
816King Louis the Pious is crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire at Reims, by Pope Stephen IV.
869The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about patriarch Photius of Constantinople.
1056Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, dies at Bodfeld, the imperial hunting lodge in the Harz Mountains, at age 38.
1143King Alfonso VII of León and Castile recognises Portugal as a Kingdom.
1285Philip III of France dies of dysentery in Perpignan, France, at age 40.
1377Louis II of Naples is born in Toulouse, France.
1409Charles VIII of Sweden is born Karl Knutsson Bonde at Ekholmen Castle, Veckholm, Uppsala.
1450Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by the order of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria.
1550The city of Concepción, Chile, is founded.
1582Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.
1658Mary of Modena is born in Ducal Palace, Modena. She was Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland as the second wife of James II and VII (1633-1701).
1665The University of Kiel is founded in Kiel, Germany.
1717Marie Anne de Mailly, mistress of Louis XV of France, is born Marie Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchesse de Châteauroux in France. She was the youngest of the five famous de Nesle sisters, four of whom would become the mistress of the King.
1789Women of Paris participate in the March on Versailles, to confront Louis XVI of France about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, to demand bread, and to have the King and his court moved to Paris.
1793Christianity is abolished in France.
1813Tribal leader, Tecumseh, dies in battle from a rifle wound in Moravian of the Thames (present-day Chatham-Kent, Ontario), at age 45.
1829Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States, is born Chester Alan Arthur in Fairfield, Vermont. He succeeded James A. Garfield after his assassination. Suffering from poor health, Arthur made only a limited effort to secure the Republican Party's nomination in 1884. He, instead, retired at the close of his term.
1857The city of Anaheim, California is founded.
1864The city of Calcutta, India, is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone. The disaster kills 60,000 people.
1864A cyclone hits Calcutta, India, almost totally destroying the area, and killing 60,000 people.
1864French movie pioneer, Louis (Jean) Lumière, is born in Besançon, France. He and his brother, Auguste Lumière, were the first filmmakers in history. They patented the cinematograph, which allowed simultaneous viewing by multiple parties. Their first film, Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon, shot in 1894, is considered the first true motion picture.
1869The Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada.
1869During construction, the Hennepin Island tunnel has a limestone cap breached and the rushing water breaks large chunks of land away, nearly destroying the St. Anthony Falls.
1877Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.
1878Actress, Louise Dresser, is born Louise Josephine Kerlin in Evansville, Indiana. She was a Vaudeville singer and appeared in silent films in the 1920s and 1930s.
1880Composer, Jacques Offenbach, dies of heart failure in Paris, France, at age 61. He is best known for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s-1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann.
1883The first Orient Express train leaves Paris, France, for Constantinople, (present-day Istanbul). It is Europe's first transcontinental rail express.
1892Naturalist, (Arthur) Remington Kellogg, is born in Davenport, Iowa. He was a director of the United States National Museum.
1895The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London, England.
1902Larry Fine, of The Three Stooges, is born Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1932, The Three Stooges made 206 short films and several features, their most prolific period starring Larry, Moe, and Curly. Fine was easily recognized by his hairdo: bald on top with lots of thick, bushy, curly hair around the sides and back.
1902Ray Kroc, founder of the fast-food empire, MacDonalds, is born in Oak Park, Illinois.
1903Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia.
1905Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that will stand until 1908.
1908Film director and screenwriter, Joshua Logan, is born Joshua Lockwood Logan III in Texarkana, Texas. His films include Mister Roberts, Picnic, Bus Stop, Sayonara, South Pacific, and Ensign Pulver.
1910In a revolution in Portugal, the monarchy is overthrown and a republic is declared.
1911The Kowloon-Canton Railway commences service between Kowloon and Canton, China.
1915Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
1917Allen Ludden is born Allen Packard Ellsworth in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He is best known as the host of the TV game show Password. He was married to actress, Betty White.
1919Actor, Donald (Henry) Pleasence, is born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He appeared in the films The Beachcomber, 1984, A Tale of Two Cities, Look Back in Anger, The Battle of the Sexes, Circus of Horrors, No Love for Johnnie, The Great Escape, The Hallelujah Trail, The Greatest Story Ever Told, THX 1138, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Last Tycoon, Halloween, and Escape from New York.
1921Baseballs World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time.
1922Cartoonist, Bil Keane, is born William Aloysius Keane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the creator of the comic strip The Family Circus. It began in 1960, and has continued in syndication, drawn by his son Jeff Keane.
1923Actress, Glynis Johns, is born in Pretoria, South Africa. She appeared in the films The Thief of Bagdad, Perfect Strangers, Flesh & Blood, The Beachcomber, The Court Jester, All Mine to Give, The Sundowners, Mary Poppins, Dear Brigitte, and While You Were Sleeping.
1924Comic actor, Bill Dana, is born William Szathmary in Quincy, Massachusetts. He often appeared on television shows such as The Steve Allen Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Danny Thomas Show as the heavily accented, Bolivian character, José Jiménez.
1925Actress, Gail Davis, is born Betty Jeanne Grayson in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is best known for her starring role in the 1950s TV Western series Annie Oakley. She was also seen on the TV shows The Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger, Death Valley Days, The Gene Autry Show, and The Andy Griffith Show. She appeared in the films If You Knew Susie, They Live by Night, The Far Frontier, Cow Town, Indian Territory, Texans Never Cry, Whirlwind, Flying Leathernecks, Two Tickets to Broadway, and The Old West.
1927Film executive, Sam Warner, dies of pneumonia caused by sinusitis, osteomyelitis, and epidural and subdural abscesses in Los Angeles, California, at age 40. He was the co-founder and CEO of Warner Bros. Studios. He established the studio, along with his brothers Harry, Albert, and Jack L. Warner. Sam Warner is credited with procuring the technology that enabled Warner Bros. to produce the film industry's first feature-length talking picture The Jazz Singer.
1929Astronaut, Richard F. Gordon, Jr., is born in Seattle, Washington. He is a former American naval officer and aviator, chemist, and test pilot. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, as the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission.
1930British airship R101 crashes in France en route to India, on its maiden voyage.
1933Actress, Diane Cilento, is born in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. She appeared in the films Moulin Rouge, The Truth About Women, I Thank a Fool, Tom Jones, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Hombre, Negatives, The Wicker Man, and For the Term of His Natural Life. She was married to actor, Sean Connery.
1935Actor, Peter Brown, is born Pierre Lind de Lappe in New York, New York. He starred in two TV Westerns: Lawman and Laredo. He appeared in the films Darbys Rangers, Too Much Too Soon, Marjorie Morningstar, No Time for Sergeants, Onionhead, Summer Magic, Ride the Wild Surf, Kitten with a Whip, The Concrete Jungle, and The Wedding Planner.
1936The Jarrow March sets off from County Durham for London, England. This was a protest march against the unemployment and poverty suffered in the northeast Tyneside town of Jarrow during the 1930s. Around 200 men marched from Jarrow to London over 26 days, carrying a petition to the British government requesting the re-establishment of industry in the town, following the closure of its main employer, Palmer's shipyard, in 1934. The petition was received by the House of Commons, but was not debated, and the march produced few immediate results. Despite the initial sense of failure among the marchers, in subsequent years the Jarrow March became recognized by historians as a defining event of the 1930s: it helped to foster the change in attitudes which paved the way to social reform after World War II.
1938In Nazi Germany, passports of Jews are invalidated, and those who need a passport for emigration purposes are given one marked with the letter J (Jude or Jew).
1939Cajun accordionist, Belton Richard, is born in Rayne, Louisiana. He began playing accordion at the age of seven, working with Neg Halloway and the Rayne Playboys by the time he was 12. Richard played Rock and Swamp Pop before starting his own band, The Musical Aces. He was inducted into The Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and won the Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award in 2004 for The Older the Wine, the Finer the Taste.
1943Ninety-eight American POW's are executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
1943Musician, Steve Miller, is born Steven Haworth Miller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1966, he formed The Steve Miller Band. Their hits include The Joker, Take the Money and Run, Rockn Me, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Arliner, and Abracadabra.
1944Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German jet fighter over France.
1944Suffrage is extended to women in France.
1945A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.
1946Richard Kermode, keyboardist on albums by Janis Joplin and Santana, is born in Lovell, Wyoming.
1947The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
1947The first televised White House address is given by President Harry S. Truman.
1947Brian Johnson, of AC/DC, is born in Dunston, Gateshead, England.
1948An earthquake in Gara-Gaudan, Ashgabat, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, kills 110,000 people.
1950Actor, Jeff Conaway, is born Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway in New York, New York. He is best known for his co-starring role on the TV series Taxi. He appeared in the films Jennifer on My Mind, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Grease, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
1951Actress, Karen (Jane) Allen, is born in Carrollton, Illinois. She appeared in the films National Lampoons Animal Huse, Crusing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Starman, Scrooged, Malcolm X, The Perfect Storm, and In the Bedroom. She was married to singer, Stephen Bishop.
1951Musician, Bob Geldof, is born Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band, The Boomtown Rats, in the late 1970s. The bands biggest hit was I Dont Like Mondays. He co-wrote Do They Know It's Christmas?, which was recorded by the charity supergroup, Band Aid, to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. He was married to rock journalist, Paula Yates.
1952Film director, Clive Barker, is born in Liverpool, England. He is a writer and visual artist, best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood, which established him as a leading young horror writer. His films include Underworld, Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Candyman, Lord of Illusions, Gods and Monsters, and The Plague.
1953The first documented meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
1955The Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
1959Architect, Maya Lin, is born in Athens, Ohio. As a new student majoring in architecture at Yale, she often took walks in Grove Street Cemetery and photographed the old gravestones. These pictures became the basis of her best known design, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. The monument was inspired by the sense of peacefulness that she had experienced in her cemetery walks.
1959A chart topper: Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin.
1960Actor, Daniel (Leroy) Baldwin, is born in Massapequa, New York. He appeared in the films Born on the Fourth of July, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Hero, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Mulholland Falls, Vampires, Grey Gardens, and Ashleys Ashes. He is the second eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all of whom are actors: they are Alec, Stephen and William Baldwin.
1962Dr. No, the first film in the James Bond franchise, is released.
1962The Beatles release their first single, Love Me Do, in the U.K. Its premiere on Radio Luxembourg is the first time a Beatles song was played on the airwaves.
1962Racecar driver, Michael (Mario) Andretti, is born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He won the 1991 CART PPG Indy Car World Series. Since retiring from the cockpit, his runs his own IndyCar team, which runs his son, Marco Andretti, as well as a team in the FIA Formula E Championship. He is the son of racecar driver, Mario Andretti.
1966A partial core meltdown takes place at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor near Detroit, Michigan.
1968Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland.
1968Cream begins their farewell tour of America.
1968The Who, Small Faces, Joe Cocker, and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown begin a tour of the British Isles in London, England.
1968Steppenwolf's single, Magic Carpet Ride, is released.
1969The BBC debuts Monty Python's Flying Circus, which will go on to achieve cult status worldwide.
1970The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) begins airing programs in the U.S.
1970British Trade Commissioner, James Cross, is kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, triggering the October Crisis in Canada.
1974Bombs planted at two pubs in Guildford, Surrey, England, by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
1975Actress, Kate (Elizabeth) Winslet, is born in Reading, Berkshire, England. She appeared in the films Heavenly Creatures, Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet, Titanic, Quills, Enigma, Iris, The Life of David Gale, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Holiday, and Steve Jobs.
1976Actress, Barbara Nichols, dies from complications of a damaged spleen and liver in Hollywood, California, at age 47. She appeared in the films Miracle in the Rain, The Wild Party, Sweet Smell of Success, The Pajama Games, Pal Joey, Ten North Frederick, That Kind of Woman, Who Was That Lady?, Where the Boys Are, Looking for Love, Dear Heart, The Disorderly Orderly, The Human Duplicators, The Loved One, and The Swinger.
1978James (Burgon) Valentine, of Maroon 5, is born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1981Actress, Gloria Grahame, dies of peritonitis in New York, New York, at age 57. She appeared in the films Crossfire, The Greatest Show on Earth, Macao, Sudden Fear, The Bad and the Beautiful, The Big Heat, The Cobweb, Not as a Stranger, Oklahoma!, Head Over Heels, and Melvin and Howard.
1982Johnson & Johnson initiates a nationwide product recall in the U.S. for all products in its Tylenol brand, after several bottles in Chicago, Illinois, are found to have been laced with cyanide, resulting in seven deaths.
1983Socialite, model, and fashion designer, Nicky Hilton, is born Nicholai Olivia Hilton in New York, New York. Her great-grandfather was Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Her mother, Kathy Hilton, is a former actress and half-sister of Kim and Kyle Richards. Her sister is socialite, Paris Hilton.
1983Inventor, Earl Tupper, dies in Costa Rica, at age 76. He founded the Tupperware Corporation. Tupper created lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls, and plates. He later designed liquid-proof, airtight lids, inspired by the secure seals of paint cans. In the early 1950s, Tupperware "parties" soon became popular in homes: this was the beginning of "party-plan" marketing.
1984Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
1986The British newspaper, The Sunday Times, publishes a story about Israels secret nuclear weapons.
1986Film producer, Hal B. Wallis, dies from complications of diabetes in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 87. His films include Little Caesar, The Petrified Forest, Dark Victory, Sergeant York, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Fountainhead, The Rainmaker, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Loving You, King Creole, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in Acapulco, Barefoot in the Park, and True Grit.
1988The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeats Augusto Pinochet in his attempt at re-election.
1988The Brazilian Constitution is ratified by the Constituent Assembly.
1989The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1990After 150 years, The Herald newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, is published for the last time as a separate publication.
1991An Indonesian military transport crashes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing 137 people.
1991The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released. The Linux kernel is a Unix-like computer operating system kernel, which is widely used world-wide. The Linux operating system is based on it and deployed on both traditional computer systems and on embedded devices such as routers. The Android operating system for tablet computers and smartphones is also based on the Linux kernel.
1992Eddie Kendricks, of The Temptations, dies of lung cancer in Birmingham, Alabama, at age 52. His was the lead voice on the songs The Way You Do The Things You Do, Get Ready, and Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).
1999The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London, England, kills 31 people.
2000Mass demonstrations in Belgrade, Serbia, often called the Bulldozer Revolution, lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
2000The Beatles' autobiography, The Beatles Anthology, is published in the U.S. by Chronicle Books. The initial printing is 300,000 copies of the large, coffee-table-sized book, an astonishingly large number for a book of its size and cost (list price $60). Reportedly, advance orders for the book worldwide were in the neighborhood of 1.5 million copies. Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the book represents The Beatles story told by those who know the most about it: Ihe Beatles themselves. John Lennon's contributions are taken from documents and interviews made before his death in 1980. While the book is clearly an important addition to Beatles literature, it is arguable whether it constitutes the definitive telling of The Beatles story. Regardless, the book will immediately jump to the top of bestseller lists all around the world.
2001Baseball player, Barry Bonds, surpasses Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.
2004Comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, dies from complications of heart surgery in Westwood, California, at age 82. His headstone reads, "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood. He was known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He appeared in the films Caddyshack, Easy Money, Back to School, Moving, Ladybugs, and Natural Born Killers.
2011In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats are hijacked and 13 crew members are murdered in the lawless Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia.
2011Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, dies of pancreatic cancer in Palo Alto, California, at age 56. His sister, Mona Simpson, said that his last words were, Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. Both Apple and Microsoft flew their flags at half-staff throughout their respective headquarters and campuses. As the CEO of Apple, Jobs oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and on the services side, the company's Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store, and the App Store. The success of these products and services provided several years of stable financial returns, and propelled Apple to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history, as Jobs brought Apple back from near bankruptcy. Although he earned only $1 a year as CEO of Apple, he held 5.426 million Apple shares worth $2.1 billion.
2016Antonio Guterres is elected as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. He will take office on January, 1, 2017.
2016Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart, and Ben Feringa win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research into nanotechnology.
2016Toys R Us sells its iconic FAO Schwarz brand to ThreeSixty Group, a southern California company that makes and distributes childrens products and other goods to retailers nationwide.
2016Aerospace manufacturer, Blue Origin, successfully tests its New Shepard reusable launch system in Van Horn, Texas.
2016Police in the western city of Thane, India, have arrest more than 750 people suspected of defrauding U.S. citizens from a fake IRS call centers. It's believed that the call centers collectively netted as much as $150,000 each day by scamming Americans wary of the taxman.
2016Hurricane Matthew kills at least 26 people on the island of Hispaniola, 22 people in Haiti, and four others in the Dominican Republic.
2016Songwriter, Rod Temperton, dies of cancer in London, England, at age 68. His songs include hits for Michael Jackson: Thriller, Off the Wall, and Rock with You.
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